As the NBA off-season continues, all of the big news stories and free agency signings seem to be winding down. As someone who mostly writes about the NBA here at WTP, I need to find some way to get some content out. That brings us to what absolutely nobody asked for, but hey you’re getting it anyway. Welcome to Ty’s Top 50 NBA Players Countdown. Every day for the next 50 days, I am going to be adding a player to the list of what I believe are the top 50 players in the NBA.
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Coming in at #49 is Detroit Piston’s big man Andre Drummond. Drummond has been a top 50 player ever since being drafted in 2012 with the 9th pick by the Pistons. The guy is a double-double machine averaging 13.6 PPG and 13.4 RPG over his six-year career. Last season Drummond pulled down more boards per game than points he scored by averaging 15.0 PPG and 16.0 RPG.
Drummond is a two-time All-Star, two-time rebounding champion, and made the All-NBA third team in the 2015-16 season. The only thing holding Drummond back from being even better is his work ethic. Over his entire career, Drummond has been reported to have a terrible work ethic and the Pistons even questioned his desire to play before resigning him to a huge contract. At 7’ and 280lbs, Drummond is one of the best big guys in the game. However, in this small ball-dominated league, that’s where his weaknesses are exposed.